If you know your computer history, you know that the one product that put the PC on the radar of potential business users was a product called Visicalc. Created by two brilliant people, Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston in Boston in the late 1970’s, it was the first spreadsheet designed for a PC. In this case, it was created for the Apple II, and it changed the way people did accounting projects. More importantly, while it was designed for the Apple II, which at the time was viewed as a hobbyist computer, an Apple II with Visicalc found its ways into the accounting offices of Fortune 500 companies and became an indispensable tool.
Tim Bajarin is the President of Creative Strategies, Inc. He is recognized as one of the leading industry consultants, analysts and futurists covering the field of personal computers and consumer technology. Mr. Bajarin has been with Creative Strategies since 1981 and has served as a consultant to most of the leading hardware and software vendors in the industry including IBM, Apple, Xerox, Compaq, Dell, AT&T, Microsoft, Polaroid, Lotus, Epson, Toshiba and numerous others. View all posts by Tim Bajarin